Magda Szubanski AO (she/her)
Magda Szubanski has been famous for making Australia laugh for over three decades.
She is best known for her role as ‘Mrs Hoggett’ in Babe and ‘Sharon’ in Kath & Kim, but more recently her advocacy in the Marriage Equality Campaign, for which Vogue Australia listed her as a “Game Changer”.
Magda advocated tirelessly, making the case for equality with reason and dignity. Her most notable appearances included a pivotal debate on the ABC’s Q&A, interviews on A Current Affair and an address she gave at the National Press Club, ‘What it feels like to be an unwilling human guinea pig in a political experiment’. In 2012, Magda came out live on national TV and has been an active and high-profile campaigner for LGBTI+ rights ever since. She has been a patron of Twenty10, an ambassador for the Pinnacle Foundation and also volunteered for the Orlando Victims’ Fundraiser concerts in Melbourne and Sydney. She has spoken at numerous Marriage Equality fundraisers.
Magda’s film credits include The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, alongside the late Steve Irwin and The Golden Compass, with Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Australian films Dr Plonk directed by Rolf de Heer, Bran Nu Dae by Rachel Perkins and starring alongside Ronan Keating in the musical comedy, Goddess in 2013.
Magda’s many stage appearances include hit productions of Guys and Dolls, the late Nora Ephron’s Love, Loss and What I Wore, The Melbourne Theatre Company production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, the national tour of Grease: The Arena Spectacular with John Farnham. In 2012 she performed alongside Geoffrey Rush and Hugh Sheridan in Simon Phillip’s A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum. Magda is also a best-selling, award-winning author, as seen from the release of her internationally acclaimed memoir Reckoning in late 2015.